activity tracking

By Aditi Pai 08:48 am November 30, 2015
Goqii has raised $13.4 million in a round led by New Enterprise Associates and Cheetah Mobile with participation from Great Wall Club (GWC), DSG Consumer Partners, Ilkka Paananen, and Pravin Gandhi for its health coaching service, according to TechCrunch. The company is headquartered in Menlo Park, California with offices in Mumbai, India and Shenzhen, China. It is developing a health coaching...
By Aditi Pai 07:55 am November 20, 2015
PBS Kids has partnered with Japan-based Moff, which has developed an activity tracking device designed for kids, to launch an app, called PBS KIDS Party App, that helps children play active games. The app is designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 8. “PBS Kids looks for learning opportunities in every new technology, leveraging cutting-edge innovations to help children build key skills,” PBS...
By Jonah Comstock 07:00 am October 22, 2015
Runkeeper has launched a new Apple Watch app with a functionality that the company's core users -- runners -- have been requesting for a long time: It lets them track their run while leaving their smartphone at home. There are pros and cons to the new app, which takes advantage of Apple's recently launched Watch OS 2 operating system. It will allow users to track heart rate with the Watch's...
By Aditi Pai 11:43 am September 22, 2015
Some 80 percent of people were more motivated to manage their health after using an activity tracker, according to a randomized control trial from March 2014 of 600 patients who are pre-diabetic and morbidly obese. The study, which lasted six months, was conducted by Cigna. The activity trackers used were made by BodyMedia, which was acquired by Jawbone. The devices have since been discontinued...
By Jonah Comstock 07:30 am August 18, 2015
In a rare interview with Outside Magazine, Jay Blahnik, Apple's director of fitness for health technologies, spoke about the Apple Watch's impact on users' fitness since it launched, the importance of the Stand ring, and how integration with third-party apps will change the game. Once third party Apple Watch apps are able to integrate with the Watch's sensors, Apple still doesn't want them to...
By Aditi Pai 08:54 am July 27, 2015
Nike and Apple have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit, first filed two years ago, that claimed the companies made misleading statements about the Nike+ FuelBand's ability to track calories, steps, and NikeFuel. The lawsuit also argued that there was a failure to honor the warranty terms for Nike+ FuelBand. Nike and Apple deny these allegations, but according to the settlement, in order to...
By Aditi Pai 08:33 am June 9, 2015
Boston-based digital health startup Gain Life has launched its first offering, ManUp Health, which is an online weight loss program designed for men. ManUp Health was founded by three former Procter & Gamble employees who found that there weren't weight loss services designed specifically for men. A Fortune article this past January noted that about 90 percent of Weight Watchers members are...
By Jonah Comstock 04:30 am May 28, 2015
Gamified medication adherence app maker Mango Health is moving beyond medications, using a new Google Fit integration to add tracking of blood pressure and weight, as well as activity tracking, into its app, the company announced today. "From a patient or consumer’s perspective in the app, it leverages the existing paradigm around reminders, which we think is a very effective way to begin...
By Jonah Comstock 08:19 am May 26, 2015
VSP Global, a business that operates vision benefits plan VSP Vision Care as well as several other eye care companies, has built a pair of glasses with activity tracking sensors built in. The project, called Project Genesis, comes out of VSP's innovation lab The Shop. "We’re looking at a really exploding market in the wearable space," VSP Global CEO Jim McGrann told the Wall Street Journal in a...
By Aditi Pai 09:47 am April 13, 2015
Jawbone has announced that they will start shipping their newest activity tracking device, the UP3, to all US customers who preordered the device when it was announced, on April 20th. It also announced that it couldn't get the waterproofing right, so the device won't be for use by swimmers as originally intended. Jawbone first announced the UP3, a more advanced activity tracking device, along...